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Department of Process and Food Engineering

Name of Professor & Head  
:
Dr. M. N. Dabhi
Qualification
:
Ph. D. (Agril. Engg.)
Specialization
:
Agricultural Processing & Food Engineering
Contact Us
:
Telephone Number With STD Code
 
 
Office
0285-2671018
 
 
Mobile
9979552978
 
 
Fax
0285-2671018
 
 
PABX
0285-2672080 to 89
 
 
Ext.
392
Faculty Information
Department of Processing & Food Engineering
Sr. No.
Name & Designation
Discipline
Contact No.
1
Dr. V. K. Chandegara
Agri. Process & Food Engineering
9913109153
2
Prof. V. P. Sangani
Assistant Professor
Agri. Process & Food Engineering
99092 31281
3
Prof. B. M. Devani
Assistant Professor
Agri. Process & Food Engineering
9913537573
4
Prof. G. S. Kharadi,
Assistant Professor
Electrical Engineering
9723233646
5
Prof. G. D. Gohil
Computer Engineering
8264275707
All India Coordinated Research Project on Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology (ICAR)
1
Prof. M. N. Dabhi,
Research Engineer
Agri. Process & Food Engineering
99795 52978
2
Prof. P. R. Davara
Asst. Res. Engineer
Agri. Process & Food Engineering
98797 58627
3
Prof. R. D. Dhulashiya
Asst. Entomologist
Entomology
99258 61881
4
Prof. A. M. Joshi
Asst. Microbiologist
Microbiology
9924724861
6
Er. H. G. Monpara
Investigator
B. Tech. (Agril. Engg.)
9638090303
7
Er. H. R. Sojaliya
Sr. Tech. Assistant
Agri. Process & Food Engineering
94094 30494
Introduction :
    The Department of Processing and Food Engineering is mainly engaged in teaching to Under Graduate and Post Graduate courses. It offers various courses related to Post Harvest Technology such as Drying and Dehydration, Heat and Mass Transfer, Seed Technology, Storage Engineering, Environmental Control Engineering, Farm buildings and Animal Housing, Physical Properties of Biological Materials, Electrical Engineering and Food Science etc. to the UG and PG students. The research project based on local and future needs of the farmers and entrepreneurs are given to the final year under graduate and postgraduate students as a part of their academic research work. One ICAR scheme viz., All India Coordinated Research Project on Post Harvest Engineering Technology is also running under this Department and associated with research and extension activities related to post harvest operations of cereals, pulses oilseed fruits & vegetables. Other schemes running in the department are Post Harvest Technology of Important crops of Saurashtra, Enzymatic Pre-treatment in the Processing of Pigeon pea, Mega Seed Project, Canning of fruits and vegetables and also facilities of Low Temperature storage of fruit products.
    Department is having Storage Engineering, Agricultural Processing, Bio-chemical, Size Reduction, Drying, Engineering properties Laboratories, to provide demonstration and training.  Many farmers, women and local artisans often visit the department to gain knowledge.  The working principle and its usefulness of the machines, equipments are demonstrated to the visitors.  They are also familiarized with the new developments like Different Storage Structures, Onion storage structures, Cleaning and Grading machines, and different type of Mills, Dryers and Separators, Fruit and vegetable graders, Sapota Cleaners, etc.
     Agro Processing Centers run by the AICRP on Post Harvest Technology (ICAR) at Villages TadkaPipaliya  (Ta. Bhesan Dist. Junagadh), Virol  (Ta. Mangrol, Dist. Junagadh), Loej (Ta. Mangrol, Dist. Junagadh), Vadala (Ta. Talala, Dist. GirSomnath) and Chotila (Dist. Rajkot) are the ongoing demonstration centre for value addition and income generation to the farmers. It also provides latest know how on post harvest aspects of various crops as well as opportunities to farmers to become producer cum processors at their doorstep.
     The department participates in Agricultural Fares, Exhibitions, and Farmers day organized by Universities or State Governments or other agencies and arranges the demonstration of Processing Technologies etc. to the farmers.
    The Senior and Experienced Professors or Scientists are delivering lectures on the special topics related to the Post Harvest Handling / Management, Value Addition etc in the Short Term Ttraining Programmes arranged by the University /State Government for the benefits of the farmers, technicians and village artisans. 
MAJOR ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENTS :
1.    TEACHING  ACTIVITIES :
Department offers courses related to Post Harvest Technology such as Drying and Dehydration, Storage Engineering, Heat and Mass Transfer, Dairy and Food Engineering, Processing and Preservation, Storage Engineering, Environmental Control Engineering, Farm Buildings and Animal Housing, Physical Properties of Biological Materials, Electrical Engineering, Computer programming and Database Management and Food Science etc. to the UG and PG students. Besides teaching to UG and PG students of Agricultural Engineering, facultiesare also actively involved in teaching to UG students of B.Sc. Agriculture and Horticulture as well as students of Polytechnic and Agro Based ITI.
The faculties of the department are engaged in teaching of the following UG, and PG courses : 
(i)   Semester-wise List of the courses taught to the UG students :
SEMESTER – I
S.N.
Subject
Course No.
Cr. Hrs.
L
P
1.
Heat and Mass Transfer
ME-1.1.8
2
2
-
TOTAL
2
2
-
SEMESTER – II
S.N.
Subject
Course No.
Cr. Hrs.
L
P
1.
Web Designing and Internet Applications 
CSE-1.2.8
2
1
1
TOTAL
2
1
1
SEMESTER – III
S.N.
Subject
Course No.
Cr. Hrs.
L
P
1
Electrical Machines and Power Utilization
EE-2.3.9
3
2
1
TOTAL
3
2
1
SEMESTER IV
S.N.
Subject
Course No.
Cr. Hrs
L
P
1.
Engineering Properties of Agricultural Produce (Vth Dean)
PFE-2.4.5
2
1
1
2.
Applied Electronics and Instrumentation 
EE-2.4.3
3
2
1
TOTAL
5
3
2
SEMESTER V
S.N.
Subject
Course No.
Cr. Hrs.
L
P
1
Agricultural Structures and Environmental Control (Vth Dean)
PFE-3.5.3
3
2
1
2
Post Harvest Engineering of Cereals, Pulses and Oil Seeds (Vth Dean)
PFE-3.5.4
3
2
1
TOTAL
12
8
4
SEMESTER VI
S.N.
Subject
Course No.
Cr. Hrs.
L
P
1
Computer Programming and Data Structures (Vth Dean)
CSE-3.6.1
3
1
2
2
Post Harvest Engineering of Horticultural Crops (Vth Dean)
PFE-3.6.3
2
1
1
3
Dairy and Food Engineering (Vth Dean)
PFE-3.6.7
3
2
1
TOTAL
15
9
6
SEMESTER VII
S.N.
Subject
Course No.
Cr. Hrs.
L
P
1
10-week Industrial Attachment/ Internship (Student READY)          
C.A.E.-4.7.1
10
0
10
2
10-weeks Experiential Learning On campus (Student READY)
 C.A.E.-4.7.2
10
0
10
3
Skill Development Training-II (Student READY)          
 C.A.E.-4.7.3
5
0
5
4
Educational Tour (Registration only)
C.A.E-4.7.4
2
0
2
Total
27
Elective Courses
1.
Food Quality and Control
PFE-4.8.17
3
2
1
2.
Food Processing Plant Design and  Layout
PFE-4.8.18
3
2
1
3.
Food Packaging Technology
PFE-4.8.19
3
2
1
4.
Development of Processed Products
PFE-4.8.20
3
2
1
5.
Process Equipment Design
PFE-4.8.21
3
2
1
TOTAL
15
10
5
SEMESTER VIII
S.N.
Subject
Course No.
Cr. Hrs.
L
P
1.
Elective course
 
3
2
1
2
Project Planning and Report Writing (Student READY) Vth Dean
CAE-4.8.4
10
-
10
Cafeteria Courses
1
Food Quality and Control
PFE-4.8.17
3
2
1
2
Food Plant Design and Management
PFE-4.8.18
3
2
1
3
Food Packaging Technology
PFE-4.8.19
3
2
1
4
Development of Processed Products
PFE-7.8.20
3
2
1
5
Process Equipment Design
PFE-4.8.21
3
2
1
TOTAL
18
7
11
(ii) Following subjects are offered in M. Tech. & Ph.D. with specialization in Processing and Food Engineering:
Code
Course Title
Credits
PFE 501*
Transport Phenomena in Food Processing
2+1
PFE 502*
Engineering Properties of Biological Materials
2+1
PFE 503*
Advance Food Process Engineering
2+1
PFE 504*
Unit Operations in Food Process Engineering
2+1
PFE 505
Energy Management in Food Process Industries
2+1
PFE 506
Processing of, Cereals, Pulses and Oil Seeds
2+1
PFE 507
Food Processing Equipment and Plant Design
2+1
PFE 508
Fruits and Vegetables Process Engineering 
2+1
PFE 509
Meat Processing
2+1
PFE 510
Food Packaging
2+1
PFE 511
Food Quality and Safety Engineering 
2+1
PFE 512
Farm Structures and Environmental Control
2+1
PFE 513
Storage Engineering and Handling of Agricultural Products 
2+1
PFE 514
Seed Drying, Processing and Storage
2+1
PFE 515
Biochemical and Process Engineering
2+1
PFE 591
Masters Seminar
1+0
PFE 592
Special Problem
0+1
PFE 595#
Industry / Institute Training
NC
PFE 599
Masters Research
20
 For Ph.D. scholar only
PFE 601**
Textural & Rheological Characteristics of Food Materials
2+1
PFE 602**
Advances in Food Processing
3+0
PFE 603
Mathematical M0dels in Food Processing
3+0
PFE 604
Advances in Drying of Food Materials
2+1
PFE 605
Agricultural Waste and By-product Utilization
2+1
PFE 691
Doctoral Seminar I
1+0
PFE 692
Doctoral Seminar II
1+0
PFE 693
Special Problem
0+1
PFE 694
Case Study
0+1
PFE 699
Doctoral Research
45
* Compulsory for Master’s programme; ** Compulsory for Doctoral programme
# PFE 595 – Minimum of Three Weeks Training
Note: Apart from the Major Discipline’s courses listed above, every PG students are required to offer minimum 9 credits of his/her Minor Discipline’s courses, preferably Biochemistry.
Minor/Supporting courses
Course code
Course Title
Credit Hrs
CE 506
Similitude in Engineering
3(2+1)
CE 507
Control of Pollution from Solid Wastes
2(2+0)
CE 601
Probabilistic Approach in Design
2(2+0)
CE 602
Random Vibrations
2(2+0)
CE 603
Design of Bins and Silos
3(2+1)
CSE 501
Computer Graphics
3(2+1)
CSE 502
Neural Network and its Applications
3(2+1)
EE 501
Applied Instrumentation
3(2+1)
EE 502
Process Control Systems
3(2+1)
ME 501
Mechanism Analysis and Syntheses
3(3+0)
ME 502
Vibrations
3(3+0)
Compulsorynon-credit courses
Course No.
Course Title
Credit Hrs
PGS 501
Library and Information Services
1(0+1)
PGS 502
Technical Writing and Communications  Skills 
1(0+1)
PGS 503 (e-Course)
Intellectual Property and its  Management in Agriculture 
1(1+0)
PGS 504
(e-Course)
Agricultural Research, Research Ethics and Rural Development Programmes
1(1+0)
PGS 505
(e-Course)
Disaster Management
1(1+0)
The research project based on local and future needs of the farmers and entrepreneurs are given to the final year under graduate and postgraduate students as a part of their academic research work.
TEACHING LOAD OF THE FACULTY (ODD SEMESTER): 2020-21
No.
Name
M.Tech./Ph.D.
B.Tech.
Polytechnic
Total
Course No.
Credit
Course No.
Credit
Course No.
Credit
Course No.
Credit
Faculty (PFE Department)
 
 
1
Dr. M. N. Dabhi*
PFE-514
3(2+1)
ME-1.1.8
2(2+0)
 
 
1
3
2
Dr. V. K. Chandegara
PFE507
3(2+1)
PFE 3.5.3
3(2+1)
 
 
2
6
3
Dr. V. P. Sangani
PFE502
3(2+1)
PFE 3.5.4
3(2+1)
 
 
2
6
4
Dr. S. P. Cholera*
PGS504
1(1+0)
 
 
AP306
AP501
3(2+1) 3(2+1)
3
7
5
Prof. P. R. Davara*
PFE503
PFE602
3(2+1)
3(3+0)
 
 
 
 
2
6
6
Prof. B. M. Devani
 
 
ME1.1.8
PFE 401
CAE 4.7.2
2(2+0)
3(2+1)
10(0+10)
 
 
3
15
7
Prof. G. D. Gohil
CSE-502
3(2+1)
 
 
 
 
 
1
3
 
Prof. G. S. Kharadi
 
 
EE-2.3.9
3(2+1)
AP303
2(1+1)
2
5
8
Prof. A. M. Joshi*
 
 
Chem(E) 1.1.3
3(2+1)
AP108
2(1+1)
2
 5
TOTAL
7
19
7
27
4
10
18
56
1
Er. H. R. Sojaliya*
 
 
CAE-4.7.2
PFE-401
10(0+10)
3(2+1)
 
 
2
13
2
Shri R. R. Bhagdev*
 
 
EE-2.3.9
3(2+1)
 
 
1
3
3
Er. H. G. Monapara
 
 
PFE 3.5.3
PFE 3.5.4
3(2+1)
3(2+1)
 
 
2
6
TOTAL
 
 
5
22
 
 
5
22
TEACHING LOAD OF THE FACULTY (EVEN SEMESTER): 2020-21
No.
Name
M.Tech./Ph.D.
B.Tech.
Polytechnic
Total
Course No.
Credit
Course No.
Credit
Course No.
Credit
Course No.
Credit
Faculty (PFE Department)
 
 
1
Dr. M. N. Dabhi*
PFE- 601
3(2+1)
CSE-4.8.4
10(0+10)
 
 
2
13
2
Dr. N. K. Dhamsaniya$
PFE-506
 
3(2+1)
 
 
 
 
1
3
3
Dr. V. K. Chandegara
PFE504
3(2+1)
PFE 3.6.3
CSE-4.8.4
2(1+1)
10(0+10)
 
 
3
15
4
Dr. V. P. Sangani
PFE501
PFE604
3(2+1)
3(2+1)
PFE-2.4.5
CSE-4.8.4
2(1+1)
10(0+10)
 
 
4
18
5
Dr. S. P. Cholera
PFE513
3(2+1)
CSE-4.8.4
10 (0+10)
AP205
AP403
3(2+1)
3(2+1)
4
19
6
Prof. P. R. Davara*
PFE508
3(2+1)
CSE-4.8.4
10(0+10)
 
 
2
13
7
Prof. B. M. Devani
 
 
PFE-3.6.7
PFE-4.8.19
CSE-4.8.4
3(2+1)
3(2+1)
10(0+10)
 
 
3
16
8
Prof. G. D. Gohil
 
 
CSE-1.2.8
CSE-3.6.1
CSE-4.8.25
CSE-4.8.4
3(2+1)
3(1+2)
3(1+2)
10(0+10)
 
 
4
19
9
Prof. G. S. Kharadi
 
 
EE-2.4.3
CSE-3.6.1
CSE-4.8.4
3(2+1)
3(1+2)
10(0+10)
 
 
3
16
10
Prof. A. M. Joshi*
 
 
CSE-4.8.4
10(0+10)
AP204
2(1+1)
2
12
TOTAL
7
21
9
32
3
8
19
62
1
Er. H. R. Sojaliya*
 
 
PFE-2.4.5
PFE-3.6.7
2(1+1)
3(2+1)
 
 
2
5
2
Er. H. G. Monapara*
 
 
PFE 3.6.3.
PFE-4.8.19
2(1+1)
3(2+1)
 
 
2
5
TOTAL
 
 
4
10
 
 
4
10

* Staff of AICRP on PHE&T

@ Project   (Thesis):  CSE 10(0+10) – Consider as one  B.Tech. Course

# For total course and total credit of the department common course is considered as one course and accordingly credit

$ Staff of Agro Processing Polytechnic
Recognized P. G. Faculty
Sr. No
Name and Designation
PG teaching and guiding
Master
Doctoral
1.
Dr. M. N. Dabhi,  Research Engineer & I/c Professor and Head
Yes
Yes
2.
Dr. V.P.Sangani, Assistant Professor
Yes
--
3.
Dr. S. P. Cholera, Asstt. Process Engg.
Yes
--
4.
Dr. N.K.Dhamsaniya, Principal (Poly. Agro-Proc.)
Yes
Yes
5.
Dr. V.K.Chandegara, Associate Prof.
Yes
Yes
6.
Prof. G.D.Gohil, Assistant Professor
Yes
--
No. of Students Completed and Pursuing M.Tech. and Ph.D. 
PG Degree
Degree Completed
Pursuing
Total
M.Tech.
91
10
101
Ph.D.
10
12
22
Total
101
22
123
Academic Facilities
Laboratory/Workshop/Computer/Seminar/Training facilities
Name of laboratory
-
Drying Laboratory
 
-
Engineering Properties Laboratory
 
-
Size Reduction and Milling Laboratory
 
-
Storage Laboratory
 
-
Crop Process Engineering Laboratory
 
-
ComputerLaboratory
  - BiochemistryLaboratory
  - Microbiology Laboratory
  - Electrical laboratory

Fabrication workshop

  • Seminar Hall 
  • Students Computer room: Under the department a well-maintained computer Cell is established for UG and PG students
  • Departmental Library:Department has its own library having t books of about 210 titles and other reading materials
  • Processing Line/Plant established under Experiential Learning for Training to Students/Entrepreneurs:
  • Mega Seed Processing Plant
  • Canning Plant
  • Tomato Ketch up Plant
  • Vegetable Washing and Drying Line
  • Low Temperature Storage facility
  • Ripening Chamber
  • Onion Storage Structures 
RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
Research Projects/Schemes Undergoing in the Department
Sr. No.
Name of Project/Scheme
Funding Agency
1
AICRP on Post Harvest Engineering & Technology
ICAR, New Delhi
2
Research on Post Harvest Technology of Important Crops of Saurashtra
State Government
3
Development of Protocol for Procurement, Safe Storage and Milling Outturn of Major Pulses
ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana and Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India
Click here to see the Annual Report 2019-20 of Post Harvest Technology
Recommendations made by the department for farmers/entrepreneurs
Total 18 Recommendations based on the important research findings of the research work carried out by the faculty members of the department and scientists of the scheme are published for the benefit of farmers/entrepreneurs.
Year Wise Numbers of Recommendation
Year
No. of
Reco.
Year
No. of
Reco.
Year
No. of
Reco.
2006-07
2
2011-12
2
2016-17
-
2007-08
1
2012-13
-
2017-18
1
2008-09
1
2013-14
5
2018-19
1
2009-10
2
2014-15
2
2019-20
5
2010-11
-
2015-16
2
 

 

ACHIEVEMENTS
Technology/Machinery developed
  • Feed Block making machine
  • Solar Dryer cum Green House
  • Development of Agro Processing Centre
  • Post Harvest Technology of Coriander Dal Milling
  • Shelf Life of Kesar Mango
  • Insect Removal Bin for Groundnut Bruchid
  • Drying Methods for Quality Groundnut Seed
  • Peanut Blended Extruded Products
  • Cleaner cum Grader for Cumin
  • Essential oil from Cumin Seeds
  • Utilization of Agril. Waste for drying of Red Chilies
  • Technology for Onion Dehydration
  • Technology for Pigeon pea milling
  • On farm Fruit grader
  • Technology for production of Peanut butter
  • Gel Extraction from Aloe Vera Leaves
  • Forced Air Ventilator storage for Onion
  • Technology for Drying of vegetables using crop residue dryer
  • Technology for preparation of Custard apple and Guava fruit powder by drying and its storage.
  • Extraction of enzyme from potato peel
  • Sapota Cleaner
  • Extraction of pectin from Kesar mango peel by resins
  • Onion storage structures
  • Groundnut pod storage
  • Wheat storage
  • Lemon grading simulation based on image processing technique
  • Forced air curing of onion
  • Solar drying of groundnut pod
  • Utilization of defatted peanut powder for extruded product
  • Ozone treatment to fruits and vegetables
  • Design and development of pomegranate juice extractor
  • Low temperature grinding of spices
EXTENSION ACTIVITIES
Establishment of Agro Processing Centers
   To create awareness towards importance of post-harvest technology in strengthening the rural economy and improvement in livelihood of the rural masses by creating rural employment, Agro Processing Centers are established to cater the processing facilities at rural level for value addition under AICRP Post Harvest Engineering & Technology. Such Agro Processing Centers are managed by Village Cooperative Society with the technical guidance of the faculty. The location based processing facilities are created by the funding from ICAR. These APCs also provide effective platform for the popularization of new technologies to farmers by conducting various extension programmes. Presently, five such centers i.e. TadkaPipaliya  (Ta. Bhesan Dist. Junagadh), Virol  (Ta. Mangrol, Dist. Junagadh), Loej (Ta. Mangrol, Dist. Junagadh) and Vadala (Ta. Talala, Dist. GirSomnath) and Chotila (Ta. Chotil, Dist. Surendranagar) are running successfully.
Participation in Government sponsored Extension Proramme
Krushi Mahostav
   Faculty and Scientists of the department actively participate in the KrushiMahostavProgramme organized by the state Government every year and also taking part in the exhibition, seminar, krushigosthi etc. arranged during the programme.
Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav
   Scientists of the department regularly visit the adopted villages under MeraGaonMera Gaurav programme to promote the direct interface of scientists with the farmers to provide farmers with required information, knowledge and advisories.
Demonstration of processing machineries
   The demonstration of the processing machineries developed by the department as well as other centres of AICRP on PHET are arranged at villages as per the need of farmers in collaboration of AGAKHAN, ATMA and other such NGOs.
On and off campus extension programmes
   The Senior and experienced Professors or Scientists are delivering lectures on the special topics related to the post harvest handling / management, value addition etc. in the short term training programmes arranged by the university for the benefits of the farmers, technicians and village artisans. The department itself also organize such short term training programme at on and off campus. Many farmers, women and local artisans often visit the department to gain knowledge. The working principle and its usefulness of the machines, equipments are demonstrated to the visitors. The department participates in Agricultural Fares, Exhibitions and Farmers day organized by Universities or other agencies and arranges the demonstration of Processing Technologies to the farmers. 
   Department has organized one day Workshop on Application of Nuclear Energy in Agriculture and Food on September 27, 2019; World Food Day on October 16, 2019 and AFPMMM 2019 (Agricultural and Food Processing Machinery Manufacturer Meet) on November 27, 2019 for the benefit of machinery manufacturers.
ABSTRACT OF PUBLICATION, PARTICIPATION, PRACTICAL MANUAL, AWARD, POPULARIZATION OF TECHNOLOGIES etc. (2009-10 to 2020-21)
Future plans/ thrust areas:
1. Research on Post Harvest Technology of important crop of Saurashtra.
2. Agricultural Polytechnics for Agro Processing.
3. Drying and dehydration of horticultural Agricultural Produced.
4. Farm level pre cooling technique of Horticultural Product.
5. Extraction of essential oil from spices.
6. Development Agricultural crops residue fired dryer for drying spice crops.
7. Women bio resources complex on food and fruit processing.
8. Strengthening of post harvest technology and value addition.
9. Degree programme in Food Process Technology.